After Nyck de Vries, Juri Vips is the second driver to be announced to be driving a free practice session in Formula 1 as a rookie. This year teams are obliged to use a driver who has driven a maximum of two race weekends in F1. F1 hopes to give young talent more of a chance with these 'Young Driver Sessions'.
Red Bull talent gets a chance
Vips is a talent of the Red Bull training programme. The Estonian is currently competing in Formula 2 and will also compete in that class this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Vips, along with Liam Lawson, was appointed as a reserve drivers for Red Bull and AlphaTauri ahead of the F1 season. At 21 years of age, Vips still has a chance of making the switch to an F1 team, but his eighth place in the F2 championship has not really impressed so far this season.